07/23/14 7:37pm

07/23/14 4:20pm
Making Art Not War

Making Art Not War by Jeffrey, on Flickr

In case you missed out on any of them, it’s always great to revisit our greatest hits. Here are the ten (10) most popular posts on Red Brick Town for June 2014. Remember that Micro-burst in Old Town and Belle View? That and President Obama’s visit to FireFlies in Del Ray tops the list.


07/23/14 1:57pm
Hoffman Building renovation in Eisenhower East Alexandria, Virginia

I live in Carlyle and used to work at Hoffman. Talk about a great commute! This is great news for the Eisenhower East community especially with the National Science Foundation on the way.

Via Virginia Business

On behalf of the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has signed a lease renewal for 606,575 square feet at Hoffman Tower II in Alexandria.

“This is the largest lease in the Washington, D.C., region in 2014, and is one of the top five in the region in the last five years,” Brendan Owen, chairman of the Asset Services Group for Newmark Grubb Knight Frank (NGKF) said in a statement. He and NGKF Principal Scott Johnston represented the owner, The Hoffman Co., while CBRE represented the government.

“The Department of Defense has occupied the site for more than 30 years, and more recently has modernized the building, including energy efficiency upgrades,” said Owen.

Hoffman Tower II is part of Hoffman Town Center, an urban mixed-use development in central Alexandria, developed by The Hoffman Co. Located adjacent to the Eisenhower Avenue Metro Station and within three blocks of the U.S. Federal District Courthouse, Hoffman Town Center represents the potential for more than 5million square feet of office, retail and residential space on 54 acres.

Read more at this link.

07/23/14 1:40pm

This is a great idea. One of those why didn’t I think of it moments…


The D.C. region’s dogs want for little, between doggy spa days and organic, artisan dog food. Now, if they’ve had a few too many truffle mac-n-cheese treats, there’s a place they can go to get in shape.

Frolick Dogs, located in a warehouse building on Colvin Street in Alexandria, is the brainchild of Kevin and Kim Gilliam, a husband-and-wife team who bonded over dogs and decided to turn it into a business.

Kevin had pursued his passion for dogs through dog training, working for years at the Olde Towne School for Dogs. When Kim, who has an MBA from Cornell and had worked in marketing and communications for various associations over the years, wanted to start a business, it seemed like a natural fit, she said.

Read more about the new business at this link.